Art Therapy needs to be recognized by Medicare Australia

Art Therapy needs to be recognized by Medicare Australia

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During the pandemic (Covid19) mental health is the greatest concern among Australian citizens and every professional who is capable of playing a role in public survival must be recognized and appreciated.

Art Therapy is a recognized field worldwide. Professionals who have completed graduate degrees in this field are as qualified as any other mental health practitioners. The Master of Art Therapy (La Trobe University) for instance is a two-year full-time specialized training program based with its foundations in the principles and values of humanistic psychotherapy. It requires the successful completion of 240 credit points of study. The course provides range of perspectives to practice in clinical, educational, rehabilitation and community contexts.  The course includes at least 750 hours of supervised clinical placements.  Students are required to submit and present a masters level final project at the Final Project Symposium. Applicants to the course require an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline such as fine arts, graphic design, art education, psychology, counselling, social work, occupational therapy, psychology, nursing etc. Applicants also provide an artwork portfolio and are required to have at least one-year of professional experience in a human service, teaching or a counselling-related field The Master of Art Therapy is classified as a Level 9 qualification under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The course is approved by the Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA). Yet it is not recognized by Medicare! 

We demand the consideration of Art Therapy in the allied health list of professions. This allows Art therapists to receive a Medicare provider number and help our nation during the time of need.

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